Early Voting Opens in Four Suburbs

By Bill Dries

(Daily News File/Lance Murphey)

Early voting opens Friday, Oct. 18, in four of the six sets of suburban school board elections at the Downtown offices of the Shelby County Election Commission, 157 Poplar Ave.

Election day is Nov. 7 in all six of Shelby County’s suburban towns and cities where separate school districts are being formed.

If past early voting turnout at the Downtown office during municipal school district elections over the past two years are any indication, the turnout will be light.

And it should pick up when early voting sites in four of the communities opens Oct. 28. In the past, the bulk of the suburban early vote came from those satellite sites.

In another complication in what has become a three-month season of 11 elections – with all but two of them special elections – there will be no early voting in the Collierville and Arlington school board races. All 10 school board races in those two cities – five positions on each school board – are one-candidate races that will be formally decided when the first vote is cast on election day.

The early voting periods in Bartlett, Germantown and Millington will continue through Nov. 2. That’s the day after the early voting period begins for the State House District 91 general election and the city of Memphis referendum on a half-percent sales tax increase. Election day for those two contests is Nov. 21 and is the end of the three-month run of elections.

Satellite early voting in Lakeland’s school board election will be one day, Nov. 2, at theRefuge church, 9817 Huff N Puff Road.

Meanwhile, Memphis backers of the sales tax hike for an expansion of pre-kindergarten services within the city of Memphis started running television ads this week as they ramp up their campaign on the ballot question. And the “Pre-K Initiative” continues to roll out its list of endorsements, including the Memphis branch of the NAACP and, this week, Latino Memphis.